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How to Make Hot Honey

Homemade hot honey! It’s fast, easy, inexpensive, and everything you need is probably in your kitchen right now.

What is hot honey? It’s a sweet and spicy infusion of honey with hot peppers.

What can you do with hot honey? What can you NOT do with it is a better question! Coat chicken, pork, or ham as a glaze. Drizzle over pizza or foccaccia. Spoon over roasted vegetables. Slather on biscuits or cornbread. Serve over pork chops or fried chicken. Use as a condiment with chicken fingers or fried appetizers or egg rolls.

What do you need to make hot honey? Just three ingredients, or two in a pinch. For the honey, any liquid honey will do. For the peppers, dried crushed red pepper flakes are easiest and most reliable as to heat level, but you can substitute two dried or fresh chiles of your choice. The third, optional, ingredient is hot sauce. Whatever is your favorite hot sauce is the one you should choose. You can also use apple cider vinegar instead, but hot sauce will add an additional depth of flavor not to mention pretty red color.

After infusing your honey, you can filter out the peppers with a fine wire mesh strainer, or not. If you leave the peppers in the honey, it will get hotter over time. I prefer to leave them in. Up to you!

Honey lasts basically forever. Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Homemade hot honey also makes a great DIY gift, by the way. Put it in a pretty jar, add a ribbon, and your recipient will love you for it.

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Hot Honey

Sweet, spicy, and irresistible, use it on everything!

Suzanne McMinn

Makes 12 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes


Honey Mixture

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Special Equipment

  • small sauce pan, glass jar

  • Directions

    1. Add 1 cup honey and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes to a small sauce pan. Heat and stir over medium heat 5 minutes, bringing honey barely to a simmer. Do not boil.
    2. Remove honey mixture from heat. Stir in 2 teaspoons hot sauce. Let cool.
    3. If desired, filter out red pepper flakes with a fine wire mesh strainer. If filtering, let mixture infuse at least one hour before straining. Transfer hot honey, filtered or not filtered, to a glass jar for storage. Do not refrigerate.


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